Poll Shows Most Don’t Approve Of Trump’s Response To Puerto Rico Crisis

By on October 4, 2017

While President Donald Trump is touting his administration’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, most Americans aren’t particularly impressed with what he’s done.

Nearly half (49 percent) of all respondents in a recent AP Poll said that they disapproved of the way Trump had handled responding to the crisis, while only 32 percent thought he had done a good job.

Clear majorities also felt that we have a responsibility to help those affected by major storms. Eighty-eight percent said that the federal government has a major responsibility to respond, while 77 percent said that the government has the same responsibility to aid those in our nation’s territories.

The poll did reveal one concerning aspect: one-in-five respondents felt that territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are hit by natural disasters should have to fend for themselves. Fortunately, this number is a minority.

Most also said they’ve been generous in the wake of these storms, with 55 percent of respondents suggesting they’ve given money, clothes, or other items to help victims of recent hurricanes.

Trump recently visited Puerto Rico, where he touted his administration’s response to the crisis. But much of the island is still facing dire situations. About 95 percent of the island is still without power as of Wednesday, reports ABC News.

Trump also had a few miscues while on the island. He was photographed throwing paper towels to residents in what many are calling a “Let them eat Cake” moment during his visit. He also criticized the island territory for putting our budget “a little out of whack,” a criticism he didn’t make for Texas or Florida when they were hit with hurricanes.

Trump also famously feuded with the Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz after she decried the administration’s take that this was a “good news story.”

“We are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy,” Yulín Cruz said. Trump responded by saying her comments were inspired by Democrats to be “nasty” to him. Trump also tweeted that Puerto Ricans like Yulín Cruz wanted everything done for them without doing work for themselves.